Aspen Real-Time SPC: Using and Configuring

Course Id:  MES231   |   Duration:  2.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  1.4   |   Level:  Intermediate

Course Objective

Learn to use Aspen Real-time Statistical Process Control Analyzer to enable real-time quality control including monitoring and reporting on variables that influence product quality. Identify potentially troublesome process trends at an early stage before they compromise product quality.

Course Overview

  • Understand and apply the principles of Statistical Process Control (SPC) to the Aspen Real-time Statistical Process Control Analyzer product.
  • Use the SPC tools provided by AspenTech to monitor and improve process quality, as well as reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Create and modify Aspen InfoPlus.21 records that are necessary to support the SPC product
  • Utilize the competitive advantage which the Aspen Real-time Statistical Process Control Analyzer can bring to your enterprise
  • Implement an SPC system, which integrates tightly with an Aspen InfoPlus.21TM  real time database enabling real-time quality control
  • Maintain, extend, or supervise the  application of an existing Aspen Real-time SPC Analyzer
  • Monitor and report on variables that influence product quality using an installed Aspen Real-time SPC Analyzer


  • Identify potentially troublesome process trends at an early stage before they compromise product quality
  • Improve product quality and minimize reworked material by correctly configuring and using Aspen Real-time SPC Analyzer
  • Produce optimal deployment of the product’s functionality for each application’s requirements


  • Process/Product managers
  • Technologists
  • Process/Product Quality Managers
  • Aspen InfoPlus.21 system administrators
  • System Integrators


  • Instruction on basic SPC and the associated statistical concepts
  • Instructor guided demonstrations of the use of Aspen Process Explorer screens to view and understand and control charts
  • Monitor process quality with on-line Control charts
  • Understand the important criteria for selecting an appropriate Aspen SPC algorithm
  • Create, populate and edit Aspen SPC tags in hands-on workshops
  • Implement, use, and customize the quality alarming features in Aspen SPC
  • Utilize histograms to analyze data distribution, and use Aspen SPC to evaluate process capability
  • Utilize and configure Pareto Charts to identify the order of causes of product non-conformity.
  • Detailed course notes provided.


  • Overall knowledge of the structure of a typical  Aspen InfoPlus.21 database
  • Experience in using Aspen Process Explorer console to select/view displays and plots and enter data
  • Experience in using the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Administrator to create and modify records

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

MES231: Aspen Real-Time SPC: Using and Configuring


  • Comprehend the differences between Traditional versus Statistical Quality Control
  • Describe SPC and associated terminology
  • Distinguish the Aspen application from other SPC products
  • Differentiate between Statistical and Specification limits
  • Define BatchSPC
  • Develop a working knowledge of Aspen SPC tools and functionality
  • Summarize a flow for generating Quality products
  • Workshop: Getting to Know Aspen Real-time SPC – Experiment with various Context menu options

Pareto and Control Charts
  • Describe the purpose of AspenTech Pareto and other Control Charts
  • Interpret and read a Pareto Chart
  • Organize/Format data for SPC using Samples and Subgroups, and discuss Ad-Hoc versus Pre-Configured records.
  • Use different options that are available within Control Charts
  • View the various types of AspenTech Control Charts
  • Workshop: Pareto and Control Charts – Experiment with various chart options

Viewing Alarms
  • Use many features like Subgroup Details, Subgroup Comments, and Alarms that are part of standard control charts
  • Identify different ways of viewing SPC Alarms
  • Describe the meanings of the different AspenTech SPC Alarms
  • Discuss patterns that do not show up as SPC Alarms
  • Workshop: Viewing Alarms – Experiment with Subgroup Details, Free & Fixed Comments.and standard SPC Alarms

Other Types of Control Charts
  • Define some of the formulae used for XBAR, RANGE and STANDARD DEVIATION Control Charts
  • View and Explain how to use the following Charts
    • CUSUM
    • EWMA
  • Workshop: Other Control Charts - Use Aspen Process Explorer to examine different types of SPC charts

Creating Aspen SPC Records
  • Create an Aspen InfoPlus.21 database SPC record directly from an Aspen Process Explorer Control Chart
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of using the Aspen Process Explorer method of creating SPC records
  • Evaluate the result of using the Mean Square Successive Difference (MSSD) algorithm for calculating Standard Deviation.
  • Workshop: Create an Aspen SPC record using the Ad Hoc to SPC Utility

Aspen SPC Configuration Utility
  • Create an Aspen InfoPlus.21 database SPC record using the Real-time SPC Configuration Utility.
  • Assess the benefits of using this method over the one described in the previous lesson directly from Process Explorer
  • Workshop: Create an Aspen SPC Record using the Aspen SPC Configuration Utility

Creating Aspen SPC Records with IP.21 Administrator
  • Create an Aspen InfoPlus.21 database SPC record using the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Administrator.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of using the Aspen IP.21 Administrator method versus the Process Explorer and SPC Configuration Utility methods
  • Interpret the different fields within an Aspen InfoPlus.21 SPC record
  • Modify InfoPlus.21 SPC Records
  • Workshop: Examine an existing Aspen SPC record. Create a new Aspen SPC record for a given criteria:

Configuring Aspen Q Records for Alarms, Comments and Paretos
  • Configure a new SPC alarm rule using the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Administrator
  • Understand more about the meaning of the different SPC Alarm rules
  • View the effect of the new alarm rule in Aspen Process Explorer, and in an SPC record
  • Create and configure the overhead records needed to support SPC Comments
  • Build and configure the records needed for an SPC Pareto Chart
  • Workshop: Configuring Alarm – Create and configure an alarm with associated records and comments

aspenONE Process Explorer - SPC Plots
  • Provides an overview of aspenOne Process Explorer
  • Create SPC plots in aspenOne Process Explorer
  • Understand SPC plot settings

Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.